With youth unemployment stuck above pre-recession levels and the Government due to introduce a new Youth Obligation - the latest in a series of initiatives aimed at getting young people into work - YMCA went out and spoke to young people about the support they currently get and what they felt was needed to help them into work.
We're currently planning a retailer roundtable on diversity and retouching to deepen the debate on the use and prevalence of retouching and the lack of diversity - whether shape, age or colour - in the media. We want to get all sides talking to come to a shared idea of what responsible retouching and real diversity looks like.
For countless years the female of the species has been under enormous pressure about her appearance, and the struggle only appears to have got worse in recent years. It appears that the contagion of body image insecurity that has historically afflicted women is beginning to infect men. Last year Central YMCA collaborated with the Centre for Appearance Research and the Succeed Foundation to undertake a major piece of research to better understand men's attitudes to their appearance.